Fila Mae Rudeen Higdon was born on Jan. 23, 1931, in Mankato, Kans., the oldest child of Ernest W. Rudeen and Frances Altha Rudeen. She had two younger siblings, a sister, Anna McGrath and a brother, Alvin Rudeen. Fila passed away at her home on Sunday, May 29, 2016. On Sept. 13, 1951, Fila married Frank Higdon in Denver, Colo. They have three children, Lualtha Gonzales of Berthoud, Colo., Sam and wife Susan Higdon of Tallahassee, Fla. and Shawna and husband Matthew Ball of Bristow; eight grandchildren, Beverly Mireles, Anthony Mireles, Elisa Kiesling, Mike Gonzales, Hannah and Charis Ball, Jacob and William Higdon and six great grandchildren, Sasha and Joshua Myers, Ariel, Peyton and Avion Mireles and Emersyn Kiesling. Fila worked at several positions during her life, some without pay. She and her husband were licensed foster parents in Longmont, Colo. for 25 years, caring for over 350 adolescents and elementary age children.